One of the most frequently recommended resources for families impacted by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is “The 36-Hour Day.” First published in 1981, the book was written by Johns Hopkins Hospital professionals Dr. Peter Rabins, a psychiatrist, and Nancy Mace, a psychologist, who had extensive experience working with individuals living with dementia and the family members who cared for them.
Though a cure remains elusive, Alzheimer’s research has come a long way since the book first hit the shelves. Likewise, though much public education on the disease and its impact still needs to be done, there is a greater awareness of Alzheimer’s today than in the early 80s (even the Alzheimer’s Association had only been in existence for a year at that time).
According to a recent article from The New Old Age blog of the New York Times, the book has sold nearly 2.5 million copies and is now in its 5th edition. Though it may have been one of the few books on Alzheimer’s that was available to – and written for – the general public when it was first published, it remains a relevant and trusted resource despite the addition of hundreds of Alzheimer’s books, guides, memoirs and more since.
Senior care professionals and those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s either at home or in assisted living will find a wealth of information within its pages. You can also check out our Alzheimer’s Resource Guide.
Your turn: Have you read “The 36-Hour Day”? What did you find most helpful in it?